Program Highlights & Benefits
Learn the skills needed to help students with disabilities or special needs reach their full potential
24, 28 or 32 months* completion time, including holiday breaks
Possible to complete student teaching in your own classroom
No weekend classes
What You Learn
The mission of Averett University is to prepare students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change. Averett fulfills this mission by educating students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations through liberal arts-based undergraduate and graduate programs in a personal, collegial, interdisciplinary environment. Graduates of this program will be equipped to assess special needs students and apply appropriate instructional strategies to help them meet educational goals. Students will engage in critical analysis of current research in special education. Your field experiences and student teaching placement will be directly supervised by Averett faculty, who all have years of experience in K-12 classrooms.
How You Learn
Online Format: The M.Ed. in Special Education K-12 Licensure Track is presented in an accelerated, cohort-based format that allows you to earn your teacher certification over 24, 28 or 32 months*. You’ll take classes no more than two at a time in six- to 12-week blocks for intense study of each concept. Small classes accommodate productive discussions, participation in projects and personal attention from your instructor. You will be required to complete field experience hours and a student teaching placement in order to earn your VA teacher certification in the area of Special Education. Students will be required to meet online with the university supervisor.
Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an M.Ed. in Special Education. Upon successful completion of the required licensure exams (including the VCLA Exam, the RVE Exam, the Praxis Subject Assessments (if applicable), graduates will be eligible for initial teaching licensure in the area of Special Education for grades K-12.
|ED 518||Orientation to Graduate Education Programs||1|
|ED 501||Research in Education||3|
|ED 502||Adolescent and Child Psychology||3|
|ED 504||Philosophy of Education||3|
|ED 508||The Exceptional Student||3|
|ED 515||Internship/Seminar in Special Education||6|
|ED 516||Transition Planning and Services||3|
|ED 569||Classroom Mgmt and Positive Behavioral Supports||3|
|ED 571||Curriculum & Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities||3|
|ED 573||Practicum in Special Education||1|
|ED 576||Collaboration in General and Special Education||2|
|ED 579||Assessment of Learning||3|
|ED 540||Survey of Reading||3|
|ED 542||Diagnoses & Prescriptions for Reading Difficulties||3|
|ED 563||Content Area Literacy for Diverse Populations||3|
|ED 567||Math Curriculum & Instruction Adaptation||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||46|
Program and course requirements are subject to change. Successful completion of the required licensure exams is necessary for certification.
Students will be required to complete a full-time student teaching placement under the supervision of Averett faculty in order to be eligible for certification.
In lieu of a thesis, students will complete a Comprehensive Exam by responding online to a set of essay questions over the space of a weekend.
*The 24 month option is available to students starting in a spring semester only.